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Back in the mists of ancient history (the 1980's) the Soviets were kings of sport. Their state funded athletes became a huge experiment in maximising performance.
This included the development of periodisation: the planning system that most sports follow to this day, cricket included.
Do you often make big plans to improve your game only to find yourself acting like Catherine Tate's Lauren?
I found myself there this morning.
I felt like I had no energy as I headed to the gym and after warming up my first couple of sets were way below par. I gave in and headed for the shower after about 20 minutes instead of my usual hour.
What was causing this lethargy?
Ferris would have been a great cricketer, had he not been busy being a 1980's fictional Amercian High school kid. Here's why.
Ferris uses bluff to his advantage
How quickly do you give up the cause on the cricket pitch?
For some, no matter what level they are playing, the very idea of giving up is impossible to conceive. At the other end, there are many who throw up their hands at the first sign of team or individual failure. The latter approach may be more natural but it teaches you nothing but how to fail more often.
As SquatRX pointed out recently:
One of the big aims of this site is to help club cricketers reach their goals. So today I want to know what those goals are.
Whether you are hoping to make it as a pro through to breaking into the club third XI I want to hear what you have.
Last year my own aim was to have my best season ever. I was stronger, faster, more prepared and as a result I had a better season despite the terrible weather here. Initially in 2008 I just want to be as ready for the season as I have ever been through my fitness and nutrition. Maybe you have a similar aim. Maybe you just want to improve technique.
Want some top tips from a professional cricketer and sport psychology guru?
This week England and Leicestershire player Jeremy Snape celebrated the launch of his new member's area at Sporting Edge by talking cricket thinking and the World Twenty20 with me.
What was your experience at the World Twenty20 like and what did you learn?